Armchair Mayor

By: Mel Rothenburger

Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). He continued to write columns for The Daily News until it ceased publication Jan. 11, 2014, and did regular commentary for CBC Radio.

We need to laugh more about parking tickets and colonoscopies

October 21, 2017 - 10:27am

KAMLOOPS — “Jack Knox is a friend of mine,” I told the mayor of one of the infinite number of municipalities that make up Greater Victoria.

I say this every time I run into someone from Victoria, and I have yet to meet anyone from there who doesn’t instantly know who I’m talking about.

In this case, I happened to end up at the same dinner table as this mayor at a function in Vancouver recently. I explained that while Jack is a Victoria institution now, he grew up in the ‘Loops and once worked with me at the Kamloops Daily News.

Banning the word ‘chief,’ and other bird-brained ideas

October 19, 2017 - 5:32am

KAMLOOPS — The one good thing about Halloween — which has become as commercialized as any other milestone on the calendar — is that it temporarily stems the tide of Christmas advertising.

Mercifully, stores have to wait until November to start flogging toys and gift wrap in earnest.

Donald Trump, though, has already declared that it’s OK to say “Merry Christmas” again.

Some thoughts about our former interim Mayor

October 17, 2017 - 4:45am Updated: October 17, 2017 - 11:00am

KAMLOOPS — A new mayor and two new Kamloops City councillors were sworn into office at a small invitation-only ceremony last night and the council is now back to a full roster.

The fact there are now nine members at the table isn’t going to make a noticeable difference in the City’s well-being, because things have been going fairly well ever since the shortfall developed last spring.

The line between curiosity and invasion of privacy

October 14, 2017 - 5:00am Updated: October 14, 2017 - 6:45pm

Privacy is hard to come by these days. The world has become a place without filters, where the best and the worst in us have full range of expression, and where lives can be celebrated or tarnished in an instant.

This age of algorithms, data collection, account hacking and social media has created an information contradiction — we’ve become a society of gossips, at the same time becoming ever more protective of our own privacy.